While 2017 had been predicted a year of fortune for the Canada Express Entry System, the first draw of the year conducted on January 4, 2017 brought in really fortunate results. Being the 51st Draw in the series of Express Entry Draw, this Draw brought in a good decrease in the CRS score. Over 2902 applicants, whose CRS was 468 points or more received the Invitation to Apply for Canada PR.
Since last February, this CRS has been recorded to be the lowest. Keen observers of the Express Entry System noted that the recent changes may have short-term effect on the CRS threshold, whereby the CRS would eventually increase before coming down. To an extent, the prediction turned out to be accurate. Though the current CRS is not the lowest of the history, applicants in the pool can hope for a further decrease in the upcoming draws. Over recent months IRCC representatives had made numerous statements that the number of ITAs issued per draw would increase, this draw justified their statements.
Relating to the same context, Attorney David Cohen quotes, “Over the last three or four months of 2016, positive developments in Express Entry came one after the other, and quickly. There was the announcement of the of the 2017 Immigration Levels Plan, which targets more newcomers through the system than ever before, then there were the welcome changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System. These changes should allow more candidates to realize their goal of settling in Canada as permanent residents.”
“In addition, we are seeing larger draws than ever. Combined with the recent changes, this has had the effect of the point threshold decreasing.”